Parsha Thought – Nitzavim

Our portion this week concludes the blessings and curses with a warning from Moshe to the people.  Knowing the heart of the people, their faithful leader realizes that they won’t always walk in the covenants.  They will rely on past success for future blessings and will eventually turn away from the covenant they have renewed with Adonai.  Yet he leaves them with hope the hope of the curse.  In seeing the consequences of going our own way, we, like the prodigal son, will realize it is better to be a servant in the house of Elohim, than a king anywhere else.

  • Deuteronomy 29:10-30:20
  • Isaiah 61:10-63:9
  • John 15:1-11

Deuteronomy 29 provides an insightful warning to the Torah observant community today.

You know how we lived in the land of Egypt, and how we cam through the midst of the nations through which you passed. And you have seen their detestable tings, their idols of wood and stone, of silver and fold, which were among them

Deuteronomy 29:16-17 ESV

Those who have chosen to renew the covenant of Torah with Adonai through Messiah Yeshua have done so because we have seen the results of lawlessness among believers. The belief that because of grace we have no obligations to Elohim, we can come as we are to Him and stay as we are. We have realized the powerlessness of faith without works as the book of James describes. We, like Israel of old, have realized the wonderful freedom that Elohim gives to His people in covenant. But, this isn’t the warning.

Beware that the heart of no man, woman, clan, or tribe among you turns away from Yahweh our Elohim today to pursue and serve the gods of those nations; beware that there is among you no root producing poisonous and bitter fruit. When such a person hears the words of this oath he secretly blesses himself and says, ‘I will have peace though I continue to walk with a stubborn spirit.’ This will destroy the watered ground with the parched. Yahweh will be unwilling to forgive him, and his intense anger will rage against that man; all the curses written in this scroll will fall upon him and Yahweh will obliterate his name from memory.

Deuteronomy 29:18-19 NET

The life we received because of the revelation of Torah can easily be turned in our hearts to pride.  We begin to believe that we have arrived, and gained the last great revelation from Adonai in our spiritual walk.  When this happens we cease to grow, and begin to act as judge against those not walking the path we think that they should.

The blessings and the peace we have received through Torah will not continue we do not keep pressing on toward the goal of our faith; namely Yeshua.  May we not be like the stubborn man in this passage whose name is blotted out because of pride.

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself to have attained this. Instead I am single-minded. Forgetting the things that are behind and reaching out for the things that are ahead, with this goal in mind, I strive toward the prize of the upward call of Elohim in Messiah Yeshua. Therefore let those of us who are “perfect” embrace this point of view. If you think otherwise, Elohim will reveal to you the error of your ways.

Philippians 3:13-15 NET
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